International Programs Office

International Programs Office

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How Does it Work?

Queen's has agreements with over 100 universities in more than 30 countries, in which Queen's exchanges students with its partner universities. Some of these agreements are bilateral agreements, while some are consortial (also known as multifaculty). You apply to the program, indicating anywhere between one and six universities (depending on the program) at which you wish to study. The IPO allocates places based on the application you submit, and nominates students to host universities. Students then apply to the host university as the final part of the application process.

There is competition for places on the program itself, and each partner has a limited number of spots. The time spent abroad is either a semester or a whole year, depending on the agreement.

While you are on exchange you pay Queen's tuition but register as a visiting student with the host university. You remain registered at Queen's while on exchange and, at the end of your exchange, you bring credits back to your Queen's degree. It does not add extra time to your studies.

Not sure where to begin? Start with this student-produced "How to Apply for Exchange" video!

Types of Exchange Agreement

Bilateral Exchanges

Bilateral exchanges are formal partnership agreements between Queen's and another university whereby students have the opportunity to study at a partner university while still paying their tuition and ancillary fees to Queen's. In other words, Queen's sends nominated students to our partner institution, and they send their nominated students to Queen's. The Faculty of Arts and Science maintains partnerships with over 100 universities in 30 different countries. 

TASSEP (Trans-Atlantic Science Student Exchange Program)

The TASSEP program is an exchange program for science students only. Partner universities include those in Europe, Canada, and the United States. European universities in the Trans-Atlantic Science Student Exchange Program (TASSEP) are also considered part of the bilateral exchange program. Consequently science students wishing to apply to the TASSEP program apply via the bilateral application form.

The aim of TASSEP is to provide science students the academic advising they need when choosing courses at the foreign university to ensure that they will receive the full credits while studying abroad. Each partner university in the TASSEP program has an academic coordinator who can answer questions about the science programs and courses that are available to TASSEP exchange students.

For more information about the participating universities and the contact information for the academic coordinators, please visit the TASSEP website.

Consortial (Multifaculty) Exchanges

Students may take part in one of five different exchange programs organized by provincial and national consortia that give them access to about 50 further universities in France, Germany, and the United States. In other words, consortial exchanges (sometimes referred to as “multifaculty” exchanges) are arranged between groups of universities. At Queen’s these programs are open to students from all faculties. Financial support from the program in the form of scholarships or travel stipends may be available.

Consortial Exchange Programs

Ontario Universities International

  • France: Ontario/Rhône-Alpes Student Exchange Program
  • Germany: Ontario/Baden-Württemberg Student Exchange Program

Killam Fellowships

  • USA
St Andrews Exchange

The Queen's University exchange to St Andrews is one of the oldest at Queen's University and also provides a very generous scholarship award for successful candidates from both Queen's University and the University of St Andrews. The Robert Tyre Jones Jr. Scholarships are designed to award all-around excellence in students exchanging between the University of St Andrews and selected Canadian universities (Queen's and the University of Western Ontario). These scholarships are awarded on the basis of outstanding academic performance to candidates who demonstrate a passion for the pursuit of learning and a commitment to the ongoing life of their university and/or wider community. 

The scholarships are valued at $6,000 CDN each and there are 4 positions available for this scholarship and exchange. The Queen's-St Andrews exchange is open to undergraduate students from the Faculty of Arts and Science and the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.

Although technically a multifaculty/consortial exchange, there is a different application process for this program. Please ensure you follow the St Andrew Exchange application process outlined on the application page.

Extend your degree across three continents by participating the Tri-SEP, a dual placement exchange program for Arts and Science students passionate about global environmental issues.

Tri-SEP is an exchange program that enables Arts and Science student to spend two consecutive terms abroad, one at the University of St Andrews in Scotland and the second at the National University of Singapore in Singapore. While abroad, students engage in courses that focus on one theme: Global Environmental Challenges of the 21st Century. Like other exchange programs, students pay tuition to Queen’s and are eligible to transfer credit towards their degree. Unlike other exchange programs, students have a unique opportunity to live and study in two different learning and cultural environments in eight short months.

This exchange program is open to Arts and Science undergraduate students studying one of the following subjects: Global Development Studies, Geology, Geography, Environmental Science, and Political Studies. Students should consider course offerings at the University of St Andrews and at the National University of Singapore prior to applying. Tri-SEP has its own online application form and supporting documents. Please ensure you follow the Tri-SEP application process outline on the application page.